23 November 2021 – Secretary Jeremiah Belgica, Director General of the Anti-Red Tape Authority (ARTA), urged the public to register in the Philippine Identification System (PhilSys) as it is seen to help in the streamlining of government services, particularly with the data sharing among government agencies.

Sec. Belgica said this after he himself registered for a national ID on Wednesday, 17 November 2021.

The Authority has been conducting meetings with various government agencies, particularly the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA), to discuss the government’s data sharing processes.

ARTA is also in the process of drafting a Joint Memorandum Circular (JMC) on data sharing among government agencies.

The ARTA chief said that PhilSys will not only help with the government’s data sharing plans but will also strengthen cyber security and data privacy.

“One of the biggest causes of red tape is the lack of data sharing,” he said in a statement. “Inaanyayahan natin lahat ng taumbayan, magsimula na kayo, kumuha na kayo… it’s actually gonna streamline everything, padadaliin lahat ng bagay, ‘yan ang direksyon ng gobyerno natin ngayon.”

“Your info is actually spread around when you submit multiple applications and requirements to various government offices, but this time with a national ID system, you can only use one card at ang gobyerno ang magsisilbing ingat impormasyon ninyo,” he added.

He also explained that having a digital identity, which will be established with PhilSys, is one of the major requirements for the proper implementation of electronic governance.

ARTA has been pushing for the passage of the E-Governance Act, which mandates the government to establish an integrated, interconnected, and interoperable information and resource-sharing and communications network spanning the entirety of the national and local government; an internal records management information system; an information database; and digital portals for the delivery of public services.

It also pushes for the digitization of paper-based and other traditional modes of workflows for a more efficient and transparent public service.

Those who wish to register online in PhilSys can do so at https://register.philsys.gov.ph/#/eng.